Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5 Tips to Maintain Your Utility Trailer

5 Tips to Maintain Your Utility Trailer

A utility trailer can be a great investment, but that includes knowing how to care for the trailer and how to manage it, as you want the trailer to continue to function well. This short guide will inform you of the top five tips in maintaining your new utility trailer.

1. Check brake lights
One of the essential functions of your trailer is to carry your belongings on the road. You want to make sure that your lighting system, including the brake lights, are working at all times. With today's busy and distracted drivers, having an out brake light bulb or an electrical glitch could get you rear-ended as the driver behind you may not see the slow down without an accurately working tail or brake light.

2. Wash it after going to saltwater areas
If you have salt water beaches or tidal water in your area, it is critical that you spray down your trailer once you unload the surfboard, snorkel gear, or any other equipment you use for water sports. Although the trailer may have never been backed down into the water, the spray from the wind could still cause the salt water to land on the trailer wood bed and wire frame. Salt can be detrimental to such areas and can cause wood rot or rust. Make sure to wash the trailer often.

3. Check for damage to wood bed
Another way to keep your trailer in good condition is to check the wood bed of the trailer and repair it as needed. If your trailer sits in the outdoor weather, rain can land on the bed and cause moisture. If it is parked in a sunny area, most times, the sun will dry the wood. But if your trailer is in a shaded area, mold and mildew can grow from the moisture and cause damage to the bed. Make sure to replace any wood planks as necessary and stain and seal your utility bed often.

4. Check tire pressure and refill as needed
The tire pressure of your new utility trailer needs to be checked and refilled the same as your car or bicycle. Cold air and time can cause the tires of the trailer to lose pressure. If not refilled properly, the trailer performance is lacking, and the stability of the container may be decreased. You also have to worry about wear on the tire and possible damage to the rim when the tire pressure is low and the capacity of the load is increased.

5. Always load trailer evenly
A utility trailer is just like any other truck you would load, so make sure to pay attention that your belongings are evenly distributed. By piling heavier items to one side of the trailer, you can damage the axle and cause the trailer to wear the tires and brakes on one side more so and harder than the other side.

As you can see, there are many items you need to check and be aware of when maintaining a utility trailer. Your new trailer was most likely a large purchase, and you want to keep that investment clean and in good working order. If you follow our advice on the top five tips to maintain your new utility trailer, you will have a rig that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing for years to come!

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